A wander around Wellow

We had a good turn out for our first walk of 2024 which was a wander around West Wellow taking in St Margaret’s Church, final resting place of Florence Nightingale, and followed by a tasty light lunch at Headlands Farm Coffee Shop. Thanks go to Patsy for organising and leading us.

Annual EuroClub Quiz 2024

Our 2024 Euroclub Quiz took place on Saturday 13th April in Braishfield near Romsey.

Teams are of 4 people competed to demonstrate how much (little) we knew!!  Steve the quiz-master posed the questions and we all enjoyed the challenge!

It was a close run thing, but team Universally Challenged (Chris, Anna, Di & John) were triumphant on the night.

A cheese ploughman’s supper was served during the interval, with tea and coffee. Huge thanks go to Pam for organising the event.

Pancake & Waffle Evening

Mark kindly hosted a well-attended pancake event last Tuesday night while Johan helped throughout the evening with his two waffle irons. Eve had prepared a batch of pancakes, which were served after the vegetable soup in order for Geoffrey to prepare himself for the dramatic flambéing of Debbie’s pancakes. No incidents this time – just Geoffrey’s ‘fire in the pan’! It got a tad late, with a ‘wee dram’ of armagnac…
Everything was delicious.

Cultural Evening

This event was held 2 weeks ago and 18 of us gathered either to spectate or to perform. Amongst other items we enjoyed singing in Italian, piano music by Chopin, Lloyd Webber and Paul Simon; clarinet music by Gershwin  as well as poetry and readings in Swedish, French, Dutch, English and Spanish. In our hallway we even made room for a demonstration of Flamenco dancing. During the lengthy  interval we had a good variety of European cheeses with bread and crackers accompanied by different wines and soft drinks for the drivers.  A very good and varied evening of culture.

Burns’ Night

The evening started with the Selkirk grace and was promptly followed by Nicola’s tasty cock-a-leekie soup. The haggis was brought steaming from the bain marie and I quite dramatically addressed it with Burns’ famous ode. Malt whisky was served for the toast. Lots of other lovely accompanying dishes were brought to share.

Autumn Supper and Fireworks

We were able to do this on the actual date of 5th November. We had a fantastic display of loud and beautiful fireworks, which was followed by Champagne to celebrate a 60th birthday and delicious, autumn dishes brought to share.

Anyone for boules?

In the delightful setting of The Ship at Owslebury, we played for a couple of hours and avoided the rain that was forecast. The “terrain” was booked for 2 hours and in that time two of the teams remained unbeaten but we didn’t have time to play an extra round to decide which team was the overall winner. Selina and Wilma to play Paul and Guy next year!

Jubilee Tea Party

While happily it didn’t rain until after everyone went home it was sadly not the warm sunny afternoon anticipated! Despite a red, white and blue dress theme most of us had to wear coats and wrap up in blankets!
We all gathered in our hosts garden bedecked with red,white & blue bunting & Union Jack flags.
Everyone brought along a dish to share, that were delicious and not much was left to take home; home made Greek salad, sausage rolls, finger sandwiches, cheese pie, coronation chicken Volovants and delicious cakes topped off with a scrumptious trifle.
The Jubilee quiz had everyone talking in their teams , and the winning team won jubilee shortbread , with prizes also for the best home made tiara 👸🏼 , the best crown 🤴🏻 , and the best red, white & blue outfit!

St. George’s Day Lunch

The sun blessed us with a whole afternoon of warmth and we were able to enjoy a range of delicious, typically English foods as provided by the 16 participants in Sue’s sheltered west-facing garden. Mini toads in holes, pork pies, cheese and onion pie, raspberry trifle and many other lovely dishes were consumed with great pleasure. Most made an effort to come dressed in red or white and we even had a stunning damsel in distress, complete with flowing locks.

Pancake Evening

Back in February a group of us got together at Mark’s where we enjoyed some delicious pancakes, courtesy of Mark, and Johann supplied crisp, light Belgian waffles. Geoffrey was his usual flash self with the flambe pancakes and all  enjoyed the evening.